Palestinian terrorist faces final hearing in US before deportation

Palestinian terrorist faces final hearing in US before deportation

Rasmea Odeh expected to be sent to Jordan after failing to disclose her terrorism convictions during immigration process

Rasmea Yousef Odeh, November 10, 2014. (AP/Carlos Osorio, File)
Rasmea Yousef Odeh, November 10, 2014. (AP/Carlos Osorio, File)

DETROIT — A Palestinian terrorist living in Chicago returned to Detroit for a final court hearing before being eventually deported for concealing her convictions in two Jerusalem bombings.

As part of a plea deal, Rasmea Odeh admitted that she failed to disclose the convictions when she entered the US and later went through the citizenship process in 2004. She’s not expected to get any time in prison Thursday but has agreed to be deported to Jordan or elsewhere.

In 1970, Odeh was convicted of two bombings, including one that killed two men at a supermarket in Jerusalem. She has claimed she was tortured by Israeli military into confessing.

Odeh was released in 1979 as part of a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group.

Despite her involvement in terrorism, she is a respected figure in Chicago for her work with Arab immigrants.

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